Breast cancer is a very scary topic, but health experts want women to know the facts, not the myths.
"We are delighted to launch this biggest worldwide campaign for breast cancer awareness in Burj Khalifa, one of the UAE " s landmarks as the country is making rapid strides in healthcare industry as part of its 2021 Vision to be one of the best countries in the word", said Dr Humaid Al Shamsi, President of Emirates Oncology Society (EOS).
The researchers reviewed incidence data among Indian and Pakistani women between 1990 and 2014.
The early stages of this cancer usually don't produce symptoms, so the disease is generally advanced once it's diagnosed.
Medical Director of Diagnostic Imaging Dr. Youssef Almalki said one in eight women will get breast cancer in their lifetime, and 86 per cent of them don't have a family history of the disease.
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In South Africa breast cancer is most prevalent amongst white and Asian women but it is also the second most common cancer among black and coloured women.
In addition, they received more subcutaneous or total mastectomies than non-Hispanic white women.
Prior cancer research has shown that fewer Indian and Pakistani women participate in scientific studies and that several socio-cultural factors may delay their seeking health care.
"This year, we are teaching the people how to self-examine their breasts to enable them detect any abnormality on time because early detection helps in the treatment of the disease", he said. They believe cancer is divine punishment for previous acts after living in the USA for less than 10 years, poor English language skills, and a lack of trust in the health system.
Importantly, women ages 65 or older with BRCA1/2 mutations had a close to 20% lifetime risk of breast cancer.